Ex-Channing II was an older generation of the Channing Club, the college age discussion group sponsored by the First Unitarian Church of Berkeley at Dana and Bancroft, just next to the University of California. They met every week for more than twenty years after the Church told them they were too old for college age; they drew visitors from all over Berkeley.
By way of introduction John F. was the spiritual leader of the group, idealistic, energetic, unassertive; Bill H. was another longtime member from Atlanta, Georgia, a master of logical and Socratic discussion; Chuck S. had attended Channing Club in Seattle, Washington before settling in Berkeley, clever, inventive, sardonic; Mike W. was the youngest member of the dialogue, radical, modest, and cheerful.)
a. To provide a written vehicle for the free exchange of ideas.
b. To provide a written record of all our individual ideas.
c. To extend our ideas beyond the membership of Ex-Channing II."